Give and Take


A performance commissioned by Cornerhouse & Paul Hamlyn Foundation with Kerry Morrison, 
Llandudno, Wales

Artist Kerry Morrison and I walked from opposite ends of Llandudno promenade wearing headdresses made from chips. The walk was at the mercy of local seagulls that rule the seafront. Part Carmen Miranda, part Hitchcock’s The Birds, this was a foray into the unknown. The crowds flocked, but did the gulls?

For Kerry it was an exploration of how we, us humans, are part of nature. But, unlike any other living organism, we have evolved in a way that seems to have set us apart from nature.

For me it was an examination of gift, of putting your heart on the line and being at the mercy of the elements. It was an act of slight peril.

When Kerry and I met in the centre of the promenade; without speaking we removed each other’s’ headgear and sat at the end of the pier and wrote an immediate response to the event.

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